Crafting Into The 4th Week Of May 2014

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An Update, A Wheelbarrow, A Few Cards and A Bracelet


Gardening2014 02Gardening2014 01It feels good to have my raised bed cleared, with fresh compost, and the first of my seeds sown for this year.  It may only be a very small area of the garden, and I’ve got quite a bit of the areas I actually do manage to garden from a chair or sat on a wall left to do something with, but at least it’s a start.  Hopefully, with the mini-greenhouse cloche over the top the seeds will soon germinate.  I’ll probably do a digital scrapbook page, showing the development over the next couple of months, in due course.  But in the meantime I thought I’d show you what it looked like now.

Gardening2014 05Every one of the strawberry plants in my strawberry tower died off over the last winter.  I’ve never had that happen before, only having had to replace the plants and the compost once before when the plants went past their best and were not producing a crop like they should.  I’ve now bought a few plants to put back in from the garden centre, and hopefully I’ll be able to get a few more the next time I go down.  The tower looks rather empty with only 6 plants in it – but at least they were ones in pots that were well developed and already in flower, so I may get a strawberry or two off them this year, though I don’t expect them to crop well until next year.

Despite spending around half an hour in the garden in the morning and twenty minutes in the evening – and then having to rest a lot – I have been managing to make a few cards or do some other crafting each day, though kits have come out rather than doing all the prep work myself at the moment.  There’s a bit of a mish-mash of things in today’s post, so I hope you enjoy.  Please take a moment to leave a comment at the end to let me know what you think.  Thank you.



You’ll now be wondering what a wheelbarrow has to do with crafting.  Well, our old wheelbarrow had seen better days and the frame had rusted and the wheel had dropped off last autumn, so it was time to get a new one.  My two younger nephews like helping in the garden, and each have their favourite colours, but there was no way I could get them a wheelbarrow each in their favourite colour, but the garden centre did have a wheelbarrow in blue – the favourite colour of one of them.  That left us needing to do something to customise the wheelbarrow so that the other would be happy to use it as well.  So – out came my ScanNCut and he got to choose his favourite colour – yellow – from my stack of sticky back vinyl sheets.  We then put it on the cutting mat and did a background scan to get the size of it and put on a number of circular shapes of different sizes.  After cutting out the circles we tootled out to the garden, carefully wiped down the areas the nephew wanted to put the yellow spots on and each vinyl circle was carefully added.  And this is the result –

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Each side has one, two or three spots of different sizes on it.



(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)
(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards. Where these linked pages are on the CUP site you will usually find a longer description of how I made the item at the bottom of the page.)

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  1. blue flower by Karin Johansson (I printed the sheet onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I scored an A4 sheet of 300gsm linen textured cardstock using my Hougie Board and folded it in half to make my base card.  I trimmed the background element of the sheet to be just a little smaller in each direction than the card itself and then stuck it in place using finger-lift tape.  I also used finger-lift tape to stick down one of the paper ribbon elements.  I used a narrow ultra tacky tape to attach a piece of lace an inch or so from the bottom of the card.  I trimmed the other paper ribbon to make a plain greetings panel – I’ve not put a greeting on yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.  The topper and the greeting panel were attached using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I finished the card off by placing lots of sticky back, faux pearls, in various places on the card front.)
  2. An angled view of the card front.

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  1. Spring Flowers 3D Topper and Backing Paper. by Sue Foord (I printed the sheet onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I created an easel card from a sheet of 250gsm Topsy Turvy cardstock, putting the lighter shade on the outside and the darker shade of yellow on the inside.  I cut a panel from the background element of the sheet to be a little smaller than the inside of the card. I then rounded the corners of the background and card using a corner punch.  I used fingerlift tape to attach the background panel inside the card and to attach the bottom of the oval panel to the front of the card.  I used 3mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the blank greetings panel as a stopper inside the card, and glue gel to attach the extra flower layers to the topper.  I fin ished off by attaching sticky back, faux, gems to both front and inside of the card.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know the language the card will be needed in.)
  2. Angled, side view of the easel card.
  3. Closer view of the oval topper.

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  1. This card is made using elements from a Hunkydory kit.  The base card is a 300gsm linen textured cardstock that I scored using my Hougie Board and then folded in half to make an A5 base card.  I took one of the Adorable Scorable background sheets from the kit and cut it into a panel to make the card background – keeping the rest of the packground sheet for another card rather than just folding it in half to make a base card.  I went round the edge of the card using a Pink Lobster ProMarker before attaching it to the front of my card using finger-lift tape.  I then used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the circular toppers from the kit to my card.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I’m not sure what language it will be needed in.
  2. Angled view of previous card.

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  1. 3 Christmas robin and church toppers by Sharon Poore (I printed the sheet onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut the panels out.  The sheet made three cards, 1 x A5 and 2 x A6.  For the A6 I cut an A4 sheet of 300gsm linen textured cardstock in half and then scored both halves with my Hougie Board before folding to make my base cards.  For the A5 card I just scored and folded.  I had a sheet of holographic silver mirror paper which I stuck all the toppers onto using finger-lift tape and trimmed to leave a small border around.  The matted toppers were then stuck to the front of my prepared cards using finger-lift tape.  I finished off the card by putting white glitter glue over the snow areas on the image and silver glitter glue on the snowflakes that are framing the image around the outside.  Keeping the card flat like this, while still giving it a bit of extra twinkle for interest, means that it can be posted on a standard letter stamp in the UK.)



This bracelet is made using the same technique as the bracelet I showed you in my last post – here. But this time I’ve not used a kit but gone to my stash of beads and fished out beads that are smaller than the ones from the last project, half in orange and half in yellow.  I’ve used a cotton cord and clear jewellery wire for this one and a larger bead, rather than a button for the closure.

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  1. View looking down.
  2. Slightly angled view.
  3. Opened out bracelet
  4. Closeup of alternating yellow and orange beads.



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9 Replies to “Crafting Into The 4th Week Of May 2014”

  1. very pretty! i love what you did with the wheelbarrow! cool idea, and if it makes for a more helpful nephew, thats even more of a bonus… 🙂

  2. Evening Gwyneth fabulous projects hun and such a variety – loving them all great makes hugs Judith x

  3. A fabulous read and such lovely makes Gwyneth. I look forward pictures of progress in your garden.

  4. Oh Geez, woman, you do squeeze lots into your day, I only tried growing strawberries once, and the birds had a fabulous feed with them, seeing as I have a cat, I thought, it better not to try again, LOL…fabulous idea with the Wheelbarrow, BTW, brilliant cards and jewellery also hun, hugs and have a lovely weekend xxx

  5. Lovely card selection – love what the nephews have done with the wheelbarrow – I love yellow and blue, but once again an AWESOME bracelet!